Alto saxophonist talks about his survival through drug addiction and prison; includes examples of his music and excerpts from his autobiography.
Box notes: Alto saxophonist Art Pepper has lead the kind of life other people would like to write words and music to. Despite drug addiction which has kept him imprisoned and away from jazz for years at a time, Pepper is still an incredible voice on the sax. he and Laurie Pepper, his wife, have just written his autobiography Straight Life. This program mixes interviews with him, readings from his book, and his music. A great introduction to a great musician. Bob Rosenbaum, KPFK. Sensitive language.